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Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Research Proposal

… ¶ … Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft's book a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) was written as a response to the proposed state-supported system of public education that would only educate girls to be housewives, a proposal made by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, the French minister of education after the French revolution (Mellor 367). The passion with which Wollstonecraft wrote a Vindication of the Rights of Woman was derived from her personal experience of inequality as a young woman in a patriarchal society and also by the injustice she experienced in her own family growing up, an injustice experienced primarily because of her gender given that she was raised in a home where her older brother, Ned (who by law…. [read more]


Vindication of the Rights of Women Preface Research Proposal

… ¶ … Vindication of the Rights of Women

Preface to a Vindication of the Rights of Women: A Reflection of Conformity and Rebellion in the Times of Mary Wollstonecraft

From psychology to the physical sciences, the contributions of women to areas of study generally reserved for men have received a great deal of attention as of late. This is primarily because women's contributions to these areas of study have been traditionally ignored or undervalued simply because of the male-dominated societies that characterized most of the world before the twentieth century. In English literature, however, the issue is somewhat more complex. Women have been contributing to literature since its inception. Although they were certainly viewed with suspicion, and had to earn their place in the popular…. [read more]


Vindication Rights Woman - Mary Essay

… From her perspective, children who are present in an unjust society "very soon acquire that kind of premature manhood which stops the growth of every vigorous power of mind and body" (Wollstonecraft 361).

III. Presuppositions

1. Wollstonecraft's thinking is perfectly normal in the contemporary society and this demonstrates that progress made it possible for humanity to understand that it was unfair toward women and that it was essential for it to change people's perspective in regard to gender roles. People in the late eighteenth century differed from individuals in the present because they were unable to accept that women are equal to men. Also, they failed to comprehend that it was more productive for them and for the social order as a whole to refrain…. [read more]


Women Rights William Thompson Term Paper

… " p. 118-119)

Wheeler and Thompson continue in their unique style and argue against commonly held beliefs about women rights in the 19 thn century. Their books take into account everything from employment to politics to marriage and even sexual issues. But while this book was the most comprehensive commentary ever written on the subject of women rights, it wasn't the first book to bring the subject to the limelight. It is important to bear in mind that Wheeler and Thompson drew inspiration from some other books written previously on the same subject, the most prominent being Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman. In this book, Wollstonecraft focused primarily on the significance of proper education for women. Wheeler appears to have borrowed some…. [read more]


Vindication of the Rights of Woman Thesis

… ¶ … Vindication of the rights of woman: a reflection of conformity and rebellion in the times of Mary Wollstonecraft

The main focus of this document is Mary Wollstonecraft's a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) and how this book relates to the struggle of women during the 18th century to enter not only the social arena on an equal level with men, but also the professional, educational and political fields. Wollstonecraft wrote her book without the traditional apology, proposing that there is little difference in the brains of men and women. Indeed, she pioneered the idea that women's education should focus on areas other than pleasing a man.

It is also highlighted however that Wollstonecraft, like other forward-thinking women of her time, experienced…. [read more]


Women's Timeline Women's Movement Creative Writing

… As a southern woman and the daughter of a slave-owning judge, Grimke provided the recently formed American Anti-Slavery Society with a headline-grabbing new member."

Source: "Angelina Grimke in Women's Movements." Women's Movements. Web. 29 May 2012. .

5. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

This fantastic woman is without a doubt the true founder of the women's movement in the 19th century, in America. Her ideas, however, just as Wollstonecraft's a century before, spread to many countries and the movement became truly global in the 20th century. Stanton worked primarily with Lucretia Mott, another early suffragette, to attain equal rights for women, and the two partners went on to organize the Seneca Falls Convention, which was the first women's rights convention ever organized, and which was attended by…. [read more]


Women Struggles in EL Essay

… Woolf challenges the idea of patriarchy and the notion that women are inferior to men throughout this work.

In addition, during the Romantic age and after this idea of a woman having control over her very being became a popular topic and it remains a popular topic even in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. At the current time literature is still being written about a woman's right to be in control of her reproductive system. This topic becomes quite clear in the Adrienne Rich book Of Woman Born: Motherhood As Experience And Institution. In the book she speaks about the role of motherhood in forming the psyche of a woman. She discusses how some women are not maternal and should no be expected to…. [read more]


Woman's Rights Essay

… Women's Rights

In her personal "Letters" Abigail Adams begged her husband John Adams to remember the contribution women had made to the founding of the new Republic when constructing the laws of the land. However, President Adams, although he placed a great deal of credence in his wife's opinion on a personal level, did not listen to his wife in this instance. He believed women's influence was best channeled through their male relations, and women were not suited to direct participation in political affairs. It was many years before equality for women was acknowledged within the legal framework of the nation.

Today, no one would seriously consider taking away any woman's right to vote and to be an articulate participant in the American political process.…. [read more]


William Wordsworth and a Vindication Term Paper

… ¶ … William Wordsworth and "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by Mary Wollstonecraft. Specifically, it will compare and contrast the works and discuss how they related to modern culture and society. Wollstonecraft and Wordsworth are both fairly contemporary writers who lived within fifty years of each other and wrote in the Romantic style. While their works seemed topical of the time they were written, it is startling to see how closely they mirror our modern world, especially considering they were written over 200 years ago. This indicates that society and culture will always decry "progress" and change, no matter when or how it occurs.

According to the text, Mary Wollstonecraft was the product of an abusive home, and her sister married an abusive…. [read more]


Carpe Diem Represents a State of Mind Essay

… ¶ … Carpe Diem" represents a state of mind. It is a way to live that captures every moment as if it were going to be the last. In the poems, "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick and "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell, this concept is thoroughly embraced. Both of these poems represent the theme of time. Time is something that goes by too quickly for it not to be appreciated and for life-changing moments to be acted upon. In order to show this, both poems cleverly use poetic devices to make their themes more apparent, however, each poem represents its resounding theme in its own fashion.

"To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" demonstrates the passage…. [read more]


Woman: An Epistemological Programme Term Paper

… Only 'absolute in loveliness,' the portion of rationality granted to woman, is indeed very scanty; for, denying her genius and judgment, it is scarcely possible to divine what remains to characterize intellect." Wollstonecraft, M. Vindication Chapter IV.

The quarrel will go on as long as men and women fail to recognize each other as equals; that is to say, as long as femininity is perpetuated as such. Which sex is the more eager to maintain it? Woman, who is being emancipated from it, wishes none the less to retain its privileges; and man, in that case, wants her to assume its limitations. 'It is easier to accuse one sex than to excuse the other,' says Montaigne. It is vain to apportion praise and blame. The…. [read more]


Woman Question Float John Stuart Mill Term Paper

… ¶ … Woman Question float

John Stuart Mill, Elizabeth Browning, and Mary Wollstonecraft on Sarah Ellis' "The Woman Question"

In the essay, "The Woman Question," author Sarah Ellis presented a contemplative thought on the nature of female characterization in most literary works in 19th century. Explicating her thoughts in writing, Ellis reflected on how literature had been an influential medium through which patriarchy was validated and women suppression was further reinforced. Her observation included the assertion that all women, specifically literature's female characters, were "held up in universal admiration." This admiration stemmed from the fact that female characters were often depicted not as "accomplished women, women who could solve problems, and elucidate systems of philosophy," but instead, these females were those "who have gone down…. [read more]


Feminist Reading Two Models of Feminism: Wollstonecraft Term Paper

… Feminist Reading

Two Models of Feminism: Wollstonecraft and Chopin on the Social Dynamics of Female Emancipation

One of the most fundamental and profound developments in literature and literary criticism in the past century or two is the emergence of the feminist perspective, or more correctly an abundance of feminine perspectives. The plural is the proper form because there is no true cohesion in the many ideals, frameworks, and conclusions that "feminist" (even this use of the term is somewhat specious) authors and critics have brought to the creation and interpretation of literature from the dawn of the nineteenth century to the modern era. To be fair, certain strains of feminism can be found in earlier works, as well, and it was not until the late…. [read more]


Women and the Enlightenment Research Proposal

… Women and the Enlightenment

The objective of this work is to read the text of Mary Wollstoncraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and to consult other works in the consideration of whether Wollstonecraft's text represents a revolutionary break in thinking about women. This work will explain the answer provided in regards to how Wollstonecraft's ideas were radical and new or alternatively similar to others of her time.

Ferguson: The Radical Ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft

The work of Susan Ferguson entitled: "The Radical Ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft" states that "according to the standard narrative of feminist intellectual history, modern feminism in the English-speaking world begins with Mary Wollstonecraft's bold appeals for women's inclusion in a public life overwhelmingly dominated by men." (1999) Ferguson states…. [read more]


Gender Equality Term Paper

… Another aspect takes into account men and women's conjugal lifestyle. A Vindication rejects the idea that woman is to be protected, guided and cherished by man, as "the lordly caresses of a protector will not gratify a noble mind that pants for and deserves to be respected" (Wollstonecraft 30) The author also challenges the notion that strength, embodied in man, and beauty, embodied in woman, combine to achieve perfection. In fact, she argues that man is scarcely more than an overgrown child himself and it would be unwise to rest the responsibility of progress entirely on his shoulders, as this can only bring about a negative outcome. What is more, a woman who actively aspires to a stronger body and more able mind will eventually,…. [read more]


Mary Wollstonecraft's Impact on American Essay

… Wollstonecraft used such logic to form the basis of her argument that women were entitled to the same consideration under the law as men. This is a position that is widely accepted today but in the era when Wollstonecraft lived it was highly profound, and needless to say, controversial.

Wollstonecraft's contributions were not limited to the area of human rights and their extension to women. She also contributed to the ideas of social deprivation and equality. Although Wollstonecraft's primary concern was how such ideas applied to women she was enlightened enough to recognize that such problems applied to men in society as well. Having been influenced by the ideals of the French Revolution, Wollstonecraft was not content with the prevailing ideas of Burke and Bentham…. [read more]


Women's Rights Cases for Gender Thesis

… WOMEN'S RIGHTS CASES for GENDER and the LAW

"…Woman, as a human being,

has rights the inevitable conclusion of the then new philosophical theory"

Mary Wollstonecraft

(Wollstonecraft & Pennell, 1891, p. viii).

Rights of Women "Tried"

In 1891, more than one hundred years ago, after Mary Wollstonecraft published "Rights of Woman," Horace Walpole, as a number of others during this time in American history, denounced her as a social outcast. Walpole "politely called" Wollstonecraft a "hyena in petticoats," a "philosophising serpent" (Wollstonecraft & Pennell, 1891, p. vii). Woman, as a human being, Mary Wollstonecraft (1891) asserts in a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, has rights (Wollstonecraft & Pennell, 1891, p. viii). This research paper examines a number of rights of women and how they…. [read more]


Culture Theme Essay

… ¶ … Spheres: Men and women and the 'battle of the sexes' before and after the film

Adam's Rib

Man's love is of man's life a thing apart, 'Tis woman's whole existence.

-Lord Byron, Don Juan

The history of the Separate Spheres ideology

The cultural theme of the separate nature of men and women is an old one. However, in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, the conception of the sexes as inexorably polarized became even more exaggerated. The late 18th and early 19th century Romantic poet Lord Byron's succinct summary of love being the sum total of women's existence epitomizes the notion of the Separate Spheres ideology. Women were seen as emotional, romantic, and obsessed with the 'private' aspects of human existence. Men, in…. [read more]


Trifles by Susan Glaspell Term Paper

… Mrs. Peters is revealed to be more timid and subservient, talking of the men's "duty" and "the law." Eventually, the women flagrantly obstruct the men's work, believing in their own duty, law and judgements.

In terms of how the women view their own daily roles, this is revealed initially in response to the way it is viewed by the men. Hale states, dismissively and carelessly:

Well, women are used to worrying over trifles."

The women then exhibit an important physical, uniting reaction, stepping closer together. The women's view towards their work is also clarified by the sympathetic way in which they discuss Minnie. Mrs. Hale defends the messy kitchen against her husband:

There's a great deal of work to be done on a farm."

In…. [read more]


Beowulf as a Hero Lesson 1 Journal Journal

… Beowulf as a Hero

Lesson 1 Journal Entry #

Journal Exercise 1.3A: What makes a hero?

Beowulf is a hero who possesses strength, courage and loyalty; these are the elements that make up a hero during his time. There is a certain heroic code that must be followed in Beowulf and Beowulf follows that code perfectly. During the course of the poem, Beowulf changes as a person -- he matures, and this is a journey that is typical of heroes. Most heroes in literature don't start out as heroes. They may have the qualities lying dormant, but their journey is what turns them into a hero.

When Beowulf goes to fight Grendel, he is a strong and combative leader, but by the end he has…. [read more]


Mary Wollstonecraft Term Paper

… And although Wollstonecraft did not live to see the fruition of her ideals regarding women's rights, her vision is left as she states, "I have thrown down the gauntlet, it is time to restore women to their lost dignity and to make them a part of the human species" (Cucinello pp).

In "An Eve to Please Me," Saba Bahar asserts that the goal and impulse behind Wollstonecraft's work was to "recreate Western culture's canonical images of woman, women, and femininity in order to create a world that is more conducive to the lives of women and men" (Carlson pp). And it is this, according to Bahar, that gives credibility to Wollstonecraft's status as the mother of western liberal feminisim (Carlson pp). Wollstonecraft writes fearlessly and…. [read more]


Mary Wollstonecraft "Freedom, Even Uncertain Essay

… 1978). With this equal treatment women can enter any profession and have careers just the same as men.

The most radical of all theories by Mary Wollstonecraft was proposing that boys and girls should be educated together; such an idea was never brought forward before. The idea of co-educational schooling was simply regarded as nonsense by many educational thinkers of the time (Taylor, et al. 1983). It was a fashionable belief that if women were educated and not docile, husbands would lose any power they had over their wives. Mary Wollstonecraft was furious about this and maintained that 'This is the very point I aim at. I do not wish them to have power over men but over themselves'.

Mary Wollstonecraft preferred co-educational day schools,…. [read more]


Equality Taylor's a Vindication Essay

… " Equal consideration has the potential to be a more powerful ethical basis for the treatment of others than whether or not certain beings have rights. A rights-based view is too often biased towards humans. Equal consideration translates to different treatment and different rights, based on the nature of diversity. Singer points out, for example, that there are individual differences within each group. Assuming that all men or all women are the same is preposterous. Not all human beings are equal; some are better at math, others are better at art. Animals are not equal to humans, but they deserve equal consideration.

8. Most human beings are "speciesist," according to the author. They believe, as a racist does in relation to race group status, that…. [read more]


Duality Jonathan Swift and Mary Wollstonecraft Term Paper

… Duality

Jonathan Swift and Mary Wollstonecraft were both consummate social commentators on the duality of power and oppression. Through the analysis of two of their works, namely, Swift's a Modest Proposal and Wollstonecraft's a Vindication of the Right of Women one can see an easy assimilation of the challenges that such minds made to the disproportionate balance between the powerful and the oppressed. In fact each offers a differing view of the powerful as the greatest evil in the world. Swift through sarcasm, indicting the wealthy and powerful as mock heartless and capable of almost anything to retain control, and Wollstonecraft by directly annihilating the wealthy and powerful for openly subjugating fifty percent of the human population (women) as a measure of fashion and power…. [read more]


Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Aristophanes Lysistrata Term Paper

… Gender and Sexuality

New Criticism: Gender and Sexuality in Aristophanes' Lysistrata

Aristophanes' Lysistrata is one of the eleven plays penned by the playwright that has survived over time. The original performance of this production occurred in classical Athens reportedly in 411 BC

Lysistrata is considered a comedy; an account of one woman's unique goal and desire to end the Peloponnesian War. During the course of the play, Lysistrata is able to persuade the women of Greece to withhold any form of sexual satisfaction from their lovers and husbands as a tool designed to force the men to negotiate peace

This suggested strategy, however, incites the battle between the men and women. Because of the use of sex, issues raised with regard to gender, and addressing…. [read more]


Beliefs of Mary Wollstonecraft Essay

… These women are seen as objects, and not as people (Wollstonecraft, 7). It is possible to see women like this still today, as many of them work as models or in other jobs where the basic point of them is to be seen and be beautiful. That is not to imply that all models and other beautiful women are like this, though. Many women who make a living on their looks are very intelligent, and they use their looks because they can, not because they have nothing else or do not know anything else. That is an important distinction to consider. There are also other women who use their looks to make a living, but they do so by focusing on what men can buy…. [read more]


Mary Wollstonecraft and Afghani Social Struggle Term Paper

… Afghan Women's Social Struggle

Social Struggle of Women in Afghanistan

It was only in the fall of 2001 when the United States focused on Afghanistan in their search for Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida network that the international audience first heard of the stories of the Afghan women (Dubriwny). In a statement by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (as cited in Dubriwny, par. 2), he said, "We didn't really know how women were being treated until it was brought out in the news accounts. For five years, girls have been denied education in that country." Accounts of the situation of Afghan together with speeches delivered by former First Lady, Laura Bush, which according to Abu-Lughod (784) "enlisted women to justify American bombing and intervention in…. [read more]


Women Involving in Religious Issues Term Paper

… In my opinion, criticizing women as part or member of a religion is an unfair practice. We are all sons and daughters of God, who, in His heart, are equally loved. Each of us has our own morals and values to share. The many female saints that we have in the past and in the present should be enough vindication for women to have equal rights in religion. It is only fitting to recognize women in religion similar to how they have been recognized in some parts of the Bible, such as the role of Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of Jesus.

Nowadays, the role of women in religion still brings out issues that cause different religious assemblies and conferences. One, perhaps, that has…. [read more]


Feminist Analysis of Dryden's Marriage a La Mode Term Paper

… Feminist analysis of Dryden's Marriage a la Mode

John Dryden is considered one of the most important English writers that followed William Shakespeare. The tone of his play in particular represented an interesting addition to elements such as love and passion that had been.

Marcie Frank argues that his well know appreciation for Shakespeare has very much influenced his works and even the manner in which he criticized Shakespeare. He even writes in the preface of "All for Love" that he is imitating the Divine Shakespeare. Whilst Dryden "demonstrates a critical impartiality which underwrites his claims that criticism speakrs to all reasonable man (…) Dryden's most longstanding critical production of Shpakespeare -- Universal Min -- allows him to cast the critical enterprise" (Frank, 2002. p.…. [read more]


Feminism During the Progress Term Paper

… More choice is involved with issues such as breastfeeding and clothing. According to the feminist ideal, women should be allowed a choice in terms of issues such as breastfeeding. Modern technology and development have made such choices possible - formula milk can for example be bought in stores to either supplement or replace breastfeeding. Thus, while breastfeeding is not anti-feminist in itself, the woman should be aware that choices are available, and that she can make those choices without guilt or shame.

The same is true of women's clothing. Wearing a bra on a regular basis is no longer a sign of male oppression. This is again an issue of choice. If a woman chooses to wear a bra for the sake of convenience or…. [read more]

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